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Federal (USV)


David Alonzo Butterfield

(1843 - 1912)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 18, he enlisted on 13 September 1861 in New York City and mustered as a Private in Company B, 51st New York Infantry on 17 September. He was wounded at New Bern, NC on 14 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded again, in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 1 December 1863, was promoted to Corporal on 1 March, and to Sergeant on 30 September 1864. He was captured at Poplar Grove Church, VA on 30 September 1864. He mustered out on 19 July 1865 in New York City.

After the War

By 1870 and to at least 1880 he was a laborer and painter living with his parents and younger siblings in Rye, Westchester County, NY. By 1900, a house painter in Rye, he had married and was head of his own household, but in 1910, still painting, he was a boarder with the Glass family in Rye.

References & notes

Basic casualty information from Nelson.1 His service from the Adjutant General,2 as David C. Butterfield. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1870-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Catherine (?; 1848-) about 1884.


09/08/1843 in NY


11/20/1912; Rye, NY; burial in Greenwood Union Cemetery, Rye, NY


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 151  [AotW citation 17049]

2   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 25, p. 29  [AotW citation 30393]